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Jeanette OTTESEN
Sport Swimming
NOC Denmark   
GenderWomen
Born30 Dec 1987 in Lyngby, DEN
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Marco Loughran, daughter Billie-Mai
Languages
Danish, German, English
Higher education
Computer Science - Falkonergardens Gymnasium og HF: Frederiksberg, DEN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 12 in Lyngby, Denmark.
Why this sport?
She had been dancing for 10 years and wanted to try something new. Her sister was also a swimmer, so she tried the sport as well.
General Interest
Nicknames
Nette, Janet (Facebook profile, 15 Mar 2020; svoem.dk, 09 Jul 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (b.dk, 14 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Dana Vollmer. (Instagram profile, 30 Jul 2019)
Injuries
She suffered a broken finger in June 2015 after she was the victim of a road rage incident in Denmark. (bbc.co.uk, 24 Jun 2015)

She fractured a rib in 2005, which kept her out of the water for three months. (svoem.dk, 09 Jul 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Before a race I usually have my rituals of how I stretch and shake my legs. Also on the blocks when I'm about to get into the 'take your marks' position I have a little arm swing, which comforts me. I used to have a pair of lucky socks, which I've used for years, but they are super worn now and have holes for my toes to stick out from." (themagic5.com, 19 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can, I will." (Facebook page, 10 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
At the Sport 2020 gala in Denmark, she received the Nothing is Impossible Award [Intet Er Umuligt-Prisen] which is given to athletes who have overcome challenges. (toyota.dk, 04 Jan 2021)

She was named the 2011 Sports Name of the Year in Denmark. (dr.dk, 07 Jan 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Marco Loughran represented Great Britain in swimming at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2017; bt.dk, 06 Aug 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I'm a swimmer, but I also just think I know so many other things. It has filled my whole life for the last 20 years, but I have always looked forward to something else." (seoghoer.dk, 07 Sep 2021)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She considered retiring from the sport following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, after taking time away from swimming to give birth to her daughter Billie-Mai, she decided to continue with the aim of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I'm going for a fifth Olympic Games, and I want my daughter to know I continued on after I gave birth to her. My coach [Marco Loughran], who is also my husband, has put big importance on making this comeback journey enjoyable and fun. I have a different perspective now when it comes to training and competing, which I view as a positive. By having a child you begin to realise that there's more to just swimming, and you start to enjoy the little things about the sport. I definitely don't train the nine times a week that I used to, but the sessions that I do now all have key focuses, without all the fluff." (themagic5.com, 19 Sep 2019; dr.dk, 15 May 2018, 03 Nov 2017; tv2.dk, 17 Jul 2017; fina.org, 26 Oct 2016; ekstrabladet.dk, 09 Aug 2018)

VETERAN SWIMMER
She believes her age and experience means she can offer guidance to younger Danish swimmers. "I don't particularly see myself as a leader of the Danish team, but if anyone would like to vent or ask for advice, I'm always available. I've seen the highs and lows that the sport has to offer so my view can cover a broad spectrum of questions. I perceive my role in Danish swimming as that of someone who wants to prove the doubters wrong, and to inspire the swimmers, especially the girls, that age is experience and motherhood is a blessing." (themagic5.com, 19 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.70
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 57.17
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.62
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 53.36
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
7 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.75
Semifinal 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 24.99
7 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.76
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.45
6 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 57.35
Semifinal 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 59.29
5 2008 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 54.06
Semifinal 2008 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.86
Heats 2004 Athens, GRE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:08.89
18 2004 Athens, GRE 100m Freestyle 56.17 
22 2004 Athens, GRE 50m Freestyle 25.95 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 25.76
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.34
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.05
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.61
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.61
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 57.27
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle  DNS
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 25.24
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 24.66
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 58.24
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 26.53
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 53.45
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.67
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.74
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 25.90
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 57.65
7 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 53.70
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Freestyle 24.62
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Freestyle 26.28
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Butterfly 1:00.04
Semifinal 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 50m Butterfly 26.95
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 100m Freestyle 55.99
27 2005 Montreal, CAN 100m Freestyle 57.23 
29 2005 Montreal, CAN 50m Freestyle 26.51 
20 2005 Montreal, CAN 50m Butterfly 27.49 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 100m Butterfly 1:02.23
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:11.54
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:51.81
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 24.92 
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 24.00 
9 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 53.08 
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.98
3 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 55.32
2 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 24.71
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.04
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.86
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.86
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.48
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly  DNS
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.55
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 24.00
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:49.87
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.51
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 53.31
3 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.24
6 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.67
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.85
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.81
2 2016 London, ENG 50m Butterfly 25.44
2 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 56.83
3 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 24.61
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.78
2 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 25.34
1 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 56.51
3 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 24.53
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.62
  2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
2 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.69
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.21
6 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.96 
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 54.57
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.81
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 25.62
6 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 26.89
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 59.67
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 55.76
7 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:47.27
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 56.83
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:00.93
Semi Final 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 27.08
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 26.05
8 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:10.31
14 2004 Madrid, ESP 100m Butterfly 1:00.91
20 2004 Madrid, ESP 50m Freestyle 26.44
4 2004 Madrid, ESP 50m Butterfly 27.19
7 2004 Madrid, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:46.77
7 2004 Madrid, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:10.69
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 25.15
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.02
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.24
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 55.68
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 25.04
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 23.94
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.04
4 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 52.46
1 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.04
2 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 25.03
3 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 56.42
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle  DNS
6 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.51
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.81
3 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Freestyle 24.33
3 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Butterfly 57.13
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 53.13
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Butterfly 25.21
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:39.41 
6 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.14 
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Freestyle 52.05
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Butterfly 56.22
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Freestyle 24.11
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Butterfly 24.92
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.48
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.63
  2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle  DNS
3 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 56.02
3 2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 52.18
4 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.28
5 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.43
1 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Butterfly 56.70
2 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Freestyle 52.08 
3 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Freestyle 24.05
2 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Butterfly 25.54
5 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:39.17
4 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:47.55
9 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Freestyle 53.94
8 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly  DSQ
5 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:40.71
8 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:52.09
8 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly  DSQ
32 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Freestyle 56.27
19 2006 Helsinki, FIN 50m Freestyle 25.65
11 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Butterfly 59.54
8 2006 Helsinki, FIN 50m Butterfly 26.75
8 2006 Helsinki, FIN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:41.62
18 2004 Vienna, AUT 50m Freestyle 25.45
7 2004 Vienna, AUT 100m Butterfly 59.83
9 2004 Vienna, AUT 50m Butterfly 26.94
13 2004 Vienna, AUT 100m Freestyle 55.50
6 2004 Vienna, AUT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:40.86
4 2004 Vienna, AUT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:50.56
15 2003 Dublin, IRL 100m Freestyle 54.85
4 2003 Dublin, IRL 50m Butterfly 26.57
9 2003 Dublin, IRL 50m Freestyle 25.00
15 2003 Dublin, IRL 100m Butterfly 1:00.27
  2003 Dublin, IRL 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
4 2003 Dublin, IRL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:50.43
19 2002 Riesa, GER 50m Freestyle 26.03
7 2002 Riesa, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:42.21
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 25.05
1 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 26.06
2 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.52
4 2019 Jinan, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.98
3 2019 Jinan, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.86
2 2019 Jinan, CHN 100m Butterfly 58.34
6 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 25.02
3 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 26.11
3 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 58.66
4 2019 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 24.99
3 2019 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 25.92
3 2019 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 58.49
4 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.97
2 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 25.97
4 2019 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 58.64
3 2016   Overall  
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.37
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.00
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 51.93
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.16
1 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 55.86
1 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 23.58
1 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 51.87
1 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 24.95
1 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 55.93
1 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 23.84
1 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 51.58
1 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.13
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.11
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.12
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 51.77
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.16
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 56.25
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.95
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.46
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 25.65
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 51.75
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 55.80
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 23.95
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.02
2 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Butterfly 56.54
1 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Freestyle 23.72
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 56.08
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 24.07
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 51.97
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 25.11
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 55.91
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.80
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 51.94
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 25.05
11 2013   Overall  
1 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 55.94
2 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 23.88
  2013 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly  DSQ
1 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 56.74
3 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.33
3 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 53.00
1 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 25.06
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 25.03
3 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 52.85
3 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.47
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 56.47
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 55.97
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 23.89
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 52.09
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 24.87
3 2011 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 57.30
2 2011 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 25.50
27 2010   Overall  
2 2010 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.71
1 2010 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 53.63
2 2010 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 25.73
3 2010 Stockholm, SWE 100m Butterfly 56.92
2 2010 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 53.17
2 2010 Stockholm, SWE 50m Butterfly 25.49
3 2009 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 55.86
1 2009 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 51.95
3 2009 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.09
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 52.22
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 52.08
3 2009 Stockholm, SWE 50m Butterfly 25.18
17 2008   Overall  
3 2008 Stockholm, SWE 50m Butterfly 25.41
2 2008 Stockholm, SWE 100m Butterfly 57.46
3 2008 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 52.86